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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson quickly finds his form

BRANDON — G Dwayne Roloson does not ease into a training camp routine, especially when it comes to scrimmages.

"You're trying to be at your best and work on the things you worked on in practice to make sure that when the real games are on everything is fundamentally sound," he said.

Roloson was just that Sunday, stopping 15 shots in 32 minutes for the White team in a 1-0 victory over the Blue.

In 62 minutes in two scrimmages, Roloson, the league's oldest player who turns 42 on Oct. 12, has stopped 26 of 27 shots.

Blair Jones scored a minute into a five-minute, four-on-four overtime on a dazzling rush in which he skated around a defenseman in front of the net before beating Pat Nagle. But Roloson was the story.

He stopped Tom Pyatt twice from in close, Steve Downie's sharp deflection and Ondrej Palat's shot from the slot.

"He knows at the beginning of the year there's more holes in everyone's armor, therefore goalies get more shots," coach Guy Boucher said.

"He knows he's going to have to be real sharp at the start of the season."

Until then, "Always room for improvement," Roloson said.

WORRISOME: Dustin Tokarski, the organization's No. 3 goalie, did not scrimmage for the second straight day because of what has become a bit of a mystery injury.

Hurt last season during AHL Norfolk's playoffs, it was believed Tokarski had an abdominal problem, perhaps a sports hernia. But GM Steve Yzerman said tests could not confirm. Now the current thinking is Tokarski has pelvic tendinitis, the same condition that kept D Mike Lundin out of 13 games last season.

Tokarski will continue to rehab, Yzerman said. But if he is not better by early October, the Lightning might search for an option beyond prospects Jarolsav Janus and Nagle.

"It's a concern for sure," Yzerman said. "Depending on injuries, that No. 3 goaltender is a really important player for you."

MORE MEDICAL MATTERS: D Charles Landry, who on Saturday was helped off the ice after taking an elbow to the head from RW Richard Panik, does not have concussion symptoms, Boucher said. … Jones left the ice during practice so trainers could glue a cut on his forehead from an inadvertent high stick from D Mattias Ohlund.

EPIC: LW Cory Conacher lived a dream by playing on a line with idol Marty St. Louis.

"That's going to be going down in history for me," Conacher said. "It's something I will always remember and cherish."

It is not difficult to see why Conacher is drawn to St. Louis. Both are listed at 5 feet 8 and use speed, strength and intensity to compensate.

Even so, Conacher admitted playing on the line with St. Louis and C Steven Stamkos was intimidating. He also knows given he will begin the season with Norfolk, it might not happen again. It was a good thing, then, his uncle had a camera.

"Hopefully, " Conacher said, "I get another chance."

ODDS AND ENDS: Conacher split time on Stamkos' line with Brett Connolly, 2010's No. 6 overall draft pick. … Boucher praised C Vladislav Namestnikov, this year's first-round pick, as a player trying to "pick it up and figure it out."

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Dwayne Roloson quickly finds his form 09/18/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 18, 2011 8:53pm]
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